Austin Booth, my Aunt and Uncle and I visited the USTP this afternoon, where
we met Vishnu. We also saw the WILSON'S PHALEROPES in the central pond, but
no Dowitchers. On the northern pond Austin spotted a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.
On the berm between the Duck Pond and the central pond were a baker's dozen
CANADA GEESE, and at the east end of the Central Pond were numbers of
juvenile TREE and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a GREEN
HERON. Swimming in the Duck Pond was a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, while
Chuck's juvenile CALIFORNIA GULL flew around scaring the Blackbirds. in the
northern pond was a variety of peeps, including both juvenile and adult
WESTERN SANDPIPERS and some LEAST SANDPIPERS.
>Greeting Mendobirders: I birded the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant this
>morning (8/2) and there was quite a bit of activity out there. I saw 6
>WILSON'S PHALAROPES on the middle pond on the exposed grassy
>hummocks. There were also lots of peeps (I saw just LEAST and WESTERN) and
>a number of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS on all 3 oxidation ponds. Among the
>hundreds of MALLARDS, etc was the first NORTHERN PINTAIL I've seen here
>this summer/fall. There was also a juvenile CALIFORNIA GULL hanging around
>the ponds. WILSON'S WARBLERS are already moving south down the river, and
>a newly-arrived MARSH WREN was singing in the weeds on the middle
>pond. Some of you sharp-eyed birders get on out there! Incidentally,
>Barbara and I have been enjoying the hummingbird wars at our feeders since
>the SELASPHORUS started arriving about a week ago.
>Chuck and Barbara Vaughn
>1550 Deerwood Drive
>Ukiah, CA 95482
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